Thursday, December 27, 2012

Welcome to the Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop!

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

Welcome to the Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. As we say goodbye to 2012, then it's also a great time to reflect on the great reads we've experienced this year. In this hop, I'll be offering your choice of ebook from my collection of goodies shown in the collage below:

This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY! So have fun and good luck!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve and Best Wishes For a Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone,

     I want to thank a few of the people who have been most influential in my life because sometimes recognition and success isn't about the Bookscan numbers, but rather it's about the heart of the venture. 

     I'm a self-published author who has successfully published books under my own small press's imprint. To admit to your self-pubbed adventures is no longer a reason to find the nearest rock and insert both head and body underneath it. Indie authors are now the rock stars of the literary world. The Tomb Raiders of all things undiscovered. And the pioneers of the new publishing format that is now taking the world by storm. The one critical thing we discovered that propels our success, in my humble opinion, is that our readers are the key. Reaching out to them and allowing them to do the same for us carries a power that even the most expensive ad campaign can't touch. Why is that? How are so many of these indie authors dominating the top 100? 

   Well, as I said, the key to an indie author's popularity isn't a huge secret anymore. We write from the heart and speak to our readers. No, I don't mean only through our literary ventures. I mean, we get online and offline and get their opinions on our work. We name characters after them. Open a blog dedicated solely to making sure the reader knows that at the end of the day, an author is no different from the rest of the book obsessed world. After all, that's what rock stars have done since the beginning of time. They communicated with their fans and spent time getting to know them on a personal level. A song is written from the heart first. The commercial campaign and marketing stuff comes second. 

    When an author uses this model as his/her guide, this putting the reader and fan ahead of "the ideal formula", then a remarkable thing happens. A book takes off and does well. You find headlines on reviews like this one: "WOW WOW WOW!" Smile. And so I end my post on a note to thank all of the indie authors who encouraged me to trudge along this path. A few of them are members of this group. I want to thank my sons for being so patient while I pumped out  five books in one year. The gorgeous people of Romania who have worked up enough buzz in their country to create my very first foreign fan club. The bloggers who embraced my debut novel with the intriguing romance and funny words. And of course the faithful readers who keep spreading the word every day. I heart you all dearly.

   I wish all of you the merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year Ever! 

Yours in Prose,
KaSonndra Leigh

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Spotlight on Kindred and Interview with Author Michelle Cornwell-ordan

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

    Please welcome Author Michelle Cornwell-Jordan to the blog today. We'll be spotlighting her Nightschool Vampire Hunter Series novella called Kindred. Plus stick around for a great interview and a GIVEAWAY!

Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy Novella#2
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Genre: YA Paranormal

Number of pages: 82
Word Count: 28514

Cover Artist: Next Artist Media Services

Book Description:

Angel and her friends at Ame Academy, a boarding school for preternatural and humans are back, and they are preparing for battle against the dark forces that kidnapped Angel’s younger brother Jordan. Angel had recently discovered that she was a Hunter and that she alone has a special weapon against her enemies; her blood, which is discovered to be toxic to her enemies. Angel is prepared to use her training and all that is at her disposal in order to save Jordan, even if that means joining forces with the strange and mysterious Rafael, who at their first meeting, she recognized him as the boy she had  dreamed about for weeks prior to his arrival at the school. Angel cannot shake the feeling that she knew Rafael before, and is hopelessly drawn to her extremely handsome fellow hunter.

Rafael frightens her, he hints of a secret; another time and another life lived.

Can love survive two lifetimes?

Events unfold that provides the answers to who Rafael really is and what they mean to one another; and along with these strange and blossoming emotions for Rafael, along with guilt and fear for her brothers safety; Angel discovers that she is more than just a Vampire Hunter, and that she plays a major role in a ancient prophecy, which she must fulfill by facing an a force so evil that survival is not promised.

But she will face the Dark One, Angel will sacrifice all, if it means saving all whom she loves.

Many questions are answered, but the drama is just beginning….

Cecil Monique speaks regarding Night School and her music Video of Immortal Beloved

Now, Let's get to Know More About Our Author in this Interview:

What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always wanted to write. This particular story came because of a local High School that is situated near my home. I am unsure why. But the building, the grounds, where it was located, all of it caused me to think of setting stories and characters there, to see the trouble they find themselves sucked into.

Do you have a specific writing style?

No, I am learning. I am still attempting to find my voice and pace. But I do always have a loose structure as far as plot-line and then I somewhat wing it from there. I suppose I am a hybrid pantserJ

How did you come up with the title?

Again the school itself and the plot. I knew the schools population would mainly attend at night.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I would say courage, friendship, loyalty and never giving up, also never judge a book by its cover. In other words, do not judge others, look inside them and find the person they are inside.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Somewhat, I believe the experiences Angel had before coming to Ame Academy, just the peer pressure and picking and such, we all can relate to. But no, never had vampires after meyet:O)

What book are you reading now? Into The Night by Jade Fowler

What are your current projects? I am working on the third and final novella in the Night School Vampire trilogy and re-editing my 2012 NaNoWriMo creation, Chrysalis.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I believe in God, that He is helping me do all the things I am doing, meeting such fabulous people and living my dream. I am grateful to Him.

Do you have a song that you'd consider the theme for your novel? 

Artist Cecile Moniques Immortal Beloved that is Angel&Rafaels theme song!

About the Author

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a YA Paranormal Author.

Her titles:

Reahket (Co-written with Author Danny Jones)

YA novella series Night School Vampire Hunter trilogy

Series includes:

Night School Vampire Hunter novella #1    Released date March 2012

Kindred (A Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy novella) #2    Released date November 2012

Redemption (A Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy novella) #3 Released date spring 2013

Works –In-Progress

Chrysalis (Full Length) Released date spring 2013

Hunters Series novellas Released date summer 2013

Ame Academy’s Paranormal novella series summer 2013

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is also the producer of the online radio segment IndieReview Behind The Scenes, where she and her co-host Jamie B Musings interviews Indie Authors and Musicians.

Contact regarding the Hunters Series Fan Club

Twitter @mcjordan37

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Spotlight on Covert Dreams and Interview with Author Michael Meyer

Title: Covert Dreams
Author: Michael Meyer
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/ Mystery
Publisher: Pacific Books
Release Date: June 1 2012
Format: Ebook


Imagine waking up remembering intimate details about a country in which you have never traveled and fluently speaking a language that you have never spoken. B.J. is living the ideal life. He has a great wife, a wonderful job. And yet he is experiencing life-like vivid dreams of Munich, a city he has never visited.

Stan Halsey is a professor in Saudi Arabia, who sends for his wife to join him. She arrives, and, in the blink of an eye, she vanishes, leaving no trace of ever being alive in either the United States or in Saudi Arabia.

A Couple of Excerpts from the Book

COVERT DREAMS is a fast-paced international suspense thriller that moves from Munich to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. What is real, and who is responsible for the terrifying nightmare?

Excerpt 1:

The Munich all around her was bustling with activity. She could hear it from all directions. Munich was a wonderful city, a fun-loving place, the live and let live ebullience of the city emanating from its every nook and cranny. She had had a lovely stay here. All of it had been so adventurous, so new, so unlike life back home in Arizona. She could vividly recall the first time she had ventured into a Munich beer garden, where the liter mugs had been so huge that she had had to lift hers with both hands, and the giggles, from him, until he too had had to use both hands.

The fumbling noises he had been making came to an abrupt halt. He began stroking her cheek again. Gus looked so happy, so young, so full of life. It was so hard to imagine that he could be so heavily involved in all this horror.

Gus smiled at her once more. His eyes were soft, so gentle, so caring, so loving.

Maybe this was some kind of huge mistake. Maybe he wasn't going to kill her after all. Maybe everything would turn out happily ever after. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.

But then suddenly she saw it clearly. It was no fairy tale. There would be no maybe. This was real, as real as the mixture of sadness and fear that now flooded her brain.

And then she died, with her eyes wide open, challenging, piercing his to the end.

Excerpt 2: 

Man and woman, husband and wife, person to person—they looked into each other’s eyes, too scared to verbalize their thoughts. Onwards they plunged, right into the dark unknown, oblivious to the fact that their lives at that very moment were intertwined with other lives half a world away, in both Munich, Germany, and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Time, gradually becoming their enemy, did a flip-flop, and the now became the then, dying, giving birth to what lay ahead, way beyond the present, biding its own good time, in total control, much like a German panzer unit moving across The Netherlands. Just like the power of Allah under the hot Saudi Arabian sun.

An Interview with Michael Meyer

What inspired you to write your first book? 

I have always been intrigued by the relationship the United States has had with Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive societies in the world. As a college professor in Saudi Arabia, I was witness to the fact that life here and life there is as different as being on two separate planets. What we take here for a given is nearly always a no-no there.

The area of parapsychology has always intrigued me, and where better to deal with something such as this than in a very hidden-from-the-rest-of-the-world location. The mixture of live and let live as practiced in Bavarian Munich, coupled with the fervent zeal of Arabia, enhanced by American involvement—and the plot just seemed to thicken, drawing me into it as I wrote, without my ever knowing precisely where or how it would end, but loving every minute of it.

How did you come up with the title?
COVERT DREAMS begins with a series of increasingly more violent dreams that lead eventually to covert activity. The action moves from London, to Munich, and then to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. I feel that this suspenseful thriller truly lives up to its title.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

A writer writes about what he/she experiences and/or observes, and I am no different in that respect. Bits and pieces of my real life experiences, in one form or another, have made it into my books, but the plots and the characters are all my own creation. I am a keen observer of people. After I have learned, to my own satisfaction, what each character’s personality is, I then let him or her lead the way. They often develop in ways I never imagined, simply because something suddenly popped into my mind and then off they go in a new direction. What is so exciting to me is that I am like a reader when I write, never quite knowing how things will move forward, let alone end. I have lived in both Munich and in Saudi Arabia, so the locales I write about in COVERT DREAMS are very authentic.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. 

I am an avid world traveller. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I have travelled extensively, many times, throughout the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and both Western and Eastern Europe. I love being a part of different cultures, learning things that I would never have known if I had stayed only in my native California, all of which has served to make me a better person and a stronger writer.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
What will happen next is especially challenging for me at times. When I am in the groove, which is the vast majority of the time when I am sitting at my keyboard, working on a manuscript, the characters call out to me, leading me onward, and it is exciting to me, because I never quite know where they will lead me. I have fun writing. It is pleasurable for me. The very second, though, that something seems too tough to handle at the moment, I stop. I will then go off and live my everyday life, waiting until the trigger I need pops into my head. That’s when I run back upstairs to my study and start working once again.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The most difficult part for me is placing the following words on my manuscript: The End. I get very involved with my characters as I write. I laugh and cry with them, and I agonize over their actions and their circumstances. They are like my own children. I am sad to see them grow up and then go off to live their lives on their own.  Letting go of the daily interaction with them is tough. It is like having a movie that has fully engrossed you coming to an end. It is like being so absorbed by a book that you are reading that you simply never want it to end. Saying goodbye is tough, even though I know that my little ones have all found a very good home at Amazon.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I am retired, writing for fun, not necessarily for profit. I hope that many more readers will enjoy reading COVERT DREAMS and his siblings. Amazon has already enabled me to be an internationally read author. I plan to write until I die. I love it! I am currently hard at work on my fifth book, and I hope that this is still just the beginning for me.

Do you have a song that you'd consider the theme for your novel?

Since there are two alternating story lines in COVERT DREAMS, one taking place in Munich and the other in Saudi Arabia, I would have to choose some Arabic instrumental music intermingled with a boisterous tuba.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, write, and write, but have fun doing it. Be a reader as you create. Life is too short to do otherwise. If it is not a pleasurable activity, then why do it?

Thank you for taking the time today to connect with the Seraphine Muse's wonderful readers. I wish you the best of luck in all of your writing endeavors and feel free to come back and visit us anytime!

Author Bio  

I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Saudi Arabia, where COVERT DREAMS is set. I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.

I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town’s lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town’s pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense such as COVERT DREAMS was born.

 As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two other cats.  

Where can readers find your online homes?

Pinterest writing site:

Giveaway and Special Promotional Post by E. Van Lowe, Author of the Falling Angels Saga

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

Today we've officially begun the countdown to the End of the World on December 21st. This week, I'll be highlighting great authors who contribute to the premise in some way or another. Today's author is E. Van Lowe, the fabulously creative mind behind the Falling Angels Saga that I spotlighted a couple of weeks ago. 

He's sharing a very special guest post with us today and I'm super excited to be sharing it with you. So stick around after you're done reading about his three books that I have every intention of enjoying over the holidays. AND don't forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win SIGNED print copies of all 3 books! 


Heaven Sent
Falling Angels Saga Book Three
By E Van Lowe

Genre: Paranormal YA

What Does It All Mean?

Readers who devoured Boyfriend From Hell and Earth Angel will be captivated by the third book in the Falling Angels Saga.

As summer break for Glendale Union high begins, heartsick Megan awaits Guy's return while struggling to control her emerging abilities.  Love is in the air, but can the new loves in Megan, Maudrina, Suze and Aunt' Jaz's life be trusted? Nothing is what it seems.  Meanwhile, the Satanists are set to hatch their most diabolical scheme ever, and if it comes to pass, Satan may finally win out.

Megan has precious little time to unravel the cryptic message hidden in the riddle she received at the end of Earth Angel. If she doesn’t, the life of someone most dear to her will be lost forever, and Megan may yet find herself living in HELL.

Earth Angel
Falling Angels Book Two
E Van Lowe

Genre: Paranormal YA

Heaven Can Wait!

Just because Megan Barnett recently defeated Satan, has a fantastic new best friend, and has won the love of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson, doesn’t mean her troubles are over.  Far from it.  For Megan doesn’t realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between.  They will do ANYTHING to get it.

In E. Van Lowe’s humorous, romantic and thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan winds up in a gripping life or death battle to save herself, the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.

Megan Barnett has recently defeated Satan, found a fantastic new best friend, and has won the heart of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson.  But that doesn’t mean her troubles are over.  Far from it.  For Megan doesn’t realize that she is in possession of a powerful paranormal weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels, demons and everything in between. 

In E. Van Lowe’s romantic yet thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan finds herself in a gripping life or death battle to save the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.


Boyfriend from Hell
Falling Angels Saga Book One
By E Van Lowe

Genre: Paranormal YA

Aww, Hell No!

Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.
“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes?  Of course not…”
The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again.  She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago. 
Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando.  Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships.  But neither of the handsome guys is quite what he seems.  In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride.  Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him.  If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.


And Now For a Special Guest Post 

Song For My Father

The 1965 Jazz classic, Song For My Father, was written by pianist Horace Silver as an homage to his father.  Silver’s father had a great effect on the man he became.  Like Horace Silver, I owe my father a great deal.  I owe my writing career to him.  No, he didn’t inspire me to become a writer; instead, his inspiration came as a challenge to me when I was nine or ten years old.

It was at that age my local library in the Bronx, New York allowed kids to have their own library cards.  Having my own library card was a big deal to me.  A very big deal. That library card catapulted me into the ranks of Big Kids, for I no longer had to go to the library with my mother. 

As soon as I got my card I took out the maximum six books form the library.  When I walked home with all my books cradled in my arms that day, I felt my load of books screaming to my friends and neighbors “E. Van Lowe is no longer a baby.  Big Kid over here.”

I kept the books for the obligatory two weeks, took them back and got six more.  This went on for several months until one day my father (who was off work) stopped me as I was leaving the apartment.  “You didn’t read those books,” he said.

“Yes, I did.”

“No.  I’ve been watching you.  You may have thumbed through one or two, but you didn’t read any of them.”  And then he made the challenge.  “This time, why don’t you take out only two books and read them.”

You can imagine how upset I was.  I got a special feeling carrying those six books home every two weeks.  What kind of message would two books send:  “Look at that.  E. Van Lowe’s a weakling.  He can only carry two books.”  Fortunately for me, I was a dutiful kid and did what my father suggested—I only took out two books.  When I got home I read one of them.  I mean, I actually read it.  The book still had its share of pictures in it, but I found the story in the book mesmerizing.  I read it cover-to-cover.  I enjoyed it so much, I read it again.  Who knew reading could be so much fun?

The book was entitled Horse On A Houseboat.   I don’t remember the title of the second book I took out, don’t remember if I finished it.  What I still remember to this day, However, is that Horse On A Houseboat started my love affair with books.  It was a year or so later I decided I not only wanted to read books, I wanted to write them, too.

This post is my song for my father.  “Hey, Dad, I couldn’t have had the wonderful life I have without your little challenge.”  Look at me.  Today I am an author.  On December 15th the latest in The Falling Angels Saga, Heaven Sent, will be available for sale.  It’s no Horse On A Houseboat, but who knows, maybe some young person will pick it up one day and it will begin their love affair with books.

About The Author

E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screen-writer, playwright and producer who has worked on such TV shows as "The Cosby Show," "Even Stevens," and "Homeboys In Outer Space." He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, "Never Slow Dance With A Zombie," was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award.  His Best Selling novels, “Boyfriend From Hell” and “Earth Angel,” are the first two books in the Falling Angels Saga.  “The Zombie Always Knocks Twice” is the first book in his Hollyweird series.

E lives in Beverly Hills California with his spouse, a werewolf, several zombies and a fairy godmother who grants him wishes from time-to-time.

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Welcome to the End of the World Giveaway Hop!

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends! 

I'm super excited to kick start this week at the Seraphine Muse! Since a large portion of my livelihood revolves around the excitement of the upcoming apocalypse on December 21st, I was very happy to sign up to participate in the End of the World Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and My Life With Books.

There'll be two giveaways going on at the Muse to celebrate! This one where you can win an awesome ebook swag pack that includes a copy of your choice of 2 ebooks from any of the post-apocalyptic authors listed below this message. The second giveaway runs through December and into the New Year to celebrate the release of my post-apocalyptic fantasy novel When Silver Moons Rise. Not only can you get to meet some fabulous authors, but you'll also get the chance to win both print and ebooks and swag from their collection of post-apocalyptic stories. 

Why am I heading into the New Year with a giveaway that celebrates the end of the world on the 21st of December? Well, because I really believe that we're going to make it. So I want to start celebrating our survival early! :D 

Have fun with entering the giveaways! And yes, both giveaways are open internationally!

You get to choose 1 ebooks from any 2 authors listed below($10 value) from any of the authors listed below. It doesn't have to be one of the listed books. It can be any post-apocalyptic ebook from their catalogues:

Susan Ee  Angelfall - The End of Days Series

KaSonndra Leigh - Lost Immortals Saga 

LM Preston - Bandits

Jessica Sorenson - Darkness Falls Series

Annie Oldham - The Burn

M.R. Merrick Exiled - The Protector Series

Plus a $5.00 Gift Card from Amazon or B&Noble so you can continue your journey elsewhere!

Good Luck!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Welcome to the Book Lover's Holiday Hop

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

Welcome to the Book Lover's Holiday Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not a Writer and co-hosted by Maryann from Chapter by Chapter.

This hop is a simple one. The prize is something that you can use to choose your own great holiday getaway this season. The winner gets one of the following great prizes:

A $10.00 Amazon Gift Card 


A $10.00 Barnes&Noble Gift Card

This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY! So scroll down to the rafflecopter and then you know what to do! Good Luck!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spotlight on, Interview, and Giveaway with Marsha A Moore Author of Lost Volumes

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

     Today we have a fun-filled post featuring an interview with Marsha A. Moore and a spotlight on her intriguing Enchanted Bookstore series. She also has a great giveaway going on so be sure and check that out at the end of the post. Enjoy!

Lost Volumes: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Three 

by Marsha A. Moore

Genre: Fantasy romance



When Lyra McCauley learns residents of Dragonspeir’s Alliance are suffering with a deadly plague, she doesn’t heed the warnings of her fiancĂ©, wizard Cullen Drake, to remain safe in her human world. After all, she’s the present Scribe—one of five strong women in her ancestry who possessed unique magic, each destined to protect the Alliance against the evil Black Dragon of the Dark Realm. With Cullen dependent upon Alliance power to maintain his immortality, the stakes are doubled for Lyra.

She leaves her college teaching and puts herself at risk for the community afflicted by black magic. To find a cure, she and Cullen travel into the vile, lawless underworld of Terza to strike a bargain with an expert. Their efforts further enrage the Black Dragon, vowing to decimate the Alliance and avenge the murder of his heir.

Lyra must secure the three lost volumes of the Book of Dragonspeir. Written by the three earliest Scribes, each book contains energy. Possession of the entire set will enable overthrow of the Dark Realm. Following clues into dangerous lands, Lyra and Cullen seek those volumes. His assistants, Kenzo the tiger owl and Noba the pseudodragon, prove invaluable aids. Only if they succeed, will the Alliance be safe and Lyra reach closer to the immortality she needs to live a life with Cullen.

Series Blurb: Enchanted Bookstore Legends

The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.
Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her. 
When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.

Excerpt Lost Volumes

From Chapter One: An Urgent Message

Lyra almost deleted the email marked urgent, suspecting some virus that might take control of her computer, but stopped when she realized the sender was her lover—a 220-year-old wizard, who rarely used a computer. She couldn’t open the message fast enough.
Alliance mortals and lower magicals are taking violently ill. I’m leaving the bookstore for a while to offer aid. DO NOT come to Dragonspeir. Stay safe in your world.
Love always,
She stared at the screen, twisting a strand of her long hair. Leaning forward, she gripped the armrests of the chair. Her breath caught when she noticed how the dragon’s sapphire eyes on her new bloodswear ring sparked from the energy of her concern. His message left her undecided, reading between the lines and weighing the choices.
Those affected—mortals and lower magicals—seemed to place her in the risk group, obviously Cullen’s concern. However, those mortals were all born in Dragonspeir, while she originally came from Tampa. Lower magicals did include members of both worlds. But as the current Scribe, Lyra possessed inherited power at least as great as high-order wizards. She just didn’t fully grasp how to command her magic yet.
She did want to help. Since her parents and dear Aunt Jean died, the Guardians, wizards, dragons, and other residents of the Alliance were her only family. Lyra’s unique powers might be useful, especially since they now lacked an alchemist.
Eburscon disappeared after he attempted to steal her scribal aura, and she’d heard no reports of him since, so he was presumed dead by many. According to Cullen, no one wanted him back. However, living without a person capable of creating remedies for a plague or widespread illness had left many residents uneasy. Some talked about trying to persuade Tarom, the Dark Realm’s alchemist, to switch his allegiance. Two centuries ago, he served the Imperial Dragon, leaving only when he couldn’t tolerate working under Eburscon any longer.
Despite ranking as the top wizard, the Imperial Sorcerer in the Alliance High Council, Cullen lacked alchemical skills. Even though untrained, Lyra possessed a keen intuitive sense in the craft. She could help him. Aries guided the fire in her scribal powers and also fueled her impatience.
Lyra checked and secured Aunt Jean’s cottage since the last gasps of late winter storms in the upper peninsula of Michigan could be brutal.
Dashing off a few emails to her college students in Florida, she gave them feedback on their independent study in the Fantasy Lit course. She was glad her leave from on-campus teaching responsibilities continued until the next fall term.
Lyra saved and printed the chronicle draft of her bloodswear quest, completed at the end of last year. It was mid-March, and she’d almost finished the written account, storing magic in her words that would empower the Alliance—her role as a Scribe. The hard copy she stuffed into a commuter bag to work on later with the Imperial Dragon and the other three Guardians. She needed to sort through their research details that had helped her kill the heir to the Black Dragon. Additional supplies could be conjured from memory.
Outside, the dock in the backyard looked weather-beaten but sound. Waves from Lake Huron lapped at its old boards. In the flower bed, the first spring perennials peeked through the packed ground and would require plenty of care soon. Lyra hoped to be back in time to maintain what her aunt had loved so much. Crocuses stood bravely against the melting snowpack—a reminder.
As she turned from the garden, a large black butterfly flitted around her head. It was the same type that had spied on her before and been in her aunt’s room when she was killed—purple spots like eyes on its wings. Suspecting it was a transformed magical from Dragonspeir’s Dark Realm, Lyra swatted at the insect. Thinking that someone watched her leave caused a chill to run down her spine.
Finally shooing it to the nearby bushes, she lifted her head high, put her bag inside her silver Subaru sport wagon, and drove straight to Drake’s Bookstore.
After parking in back, she twisted her dragon ring to unlock the back door of Cullen’s shop, no longer needing the magical skeleton key. “Sheridan, I’m using your portal,” she called out.
From his cage on the showroom counter, the cicada chirped, “I already knew it was you, sweetheart. Nice perfume.”
Lyra shook her head. Darned bug never stopped flirting.
“By the way, Sire Drake told me to not let you pass. Something about an illness in the Alliance. Don’t make me use my magic on you.”
“I’m going anyway,” she replied as she prepared herself in the storage room.
“Like I knew you would,” he snapped.
She gave her ring another twist and stated, “Pateo porta!” In response, two metal bookcases moved apart. Between them lay the connector to Dragonspeir. She stepped across. The familiar tingling sensation now felt invigorating, when last summer it had frightened her. Her jeans, t-shirt, and jacket transformed into a full-skirted gown of light blue cotton under a navy cloak.
It was her first time back since being publically honored for completing her bloodswear quest and sorcery studies. She’d have to wait to find out if her new abilities could alter the clothing she acquired at the portal.
Lifting one side of the long garments, Lyra ran the short distance along the wooded trail to the location of the old, sentry tree, Gatekeeper Cranewort. Reminding her of the shape of grand live oaks in Florida, his branches spread wide and high, taller than any nearby. His large, flat leathery leaves were turned to collect the warm morning rays.
“Hello, Cranewort,” she called ahead. “I don’t mean to disturb your sunbathing, but I need to pass to the Imperial Dragon’s lair, or to the Meadow—whichever place I can help most with those who are sick.”
“Not sunbathing, child, merely enhancing my immune functioning to bolster my health after the harsh winter. Sire Drake instructed me to not permit your passage. He and all of us fear you will fall ill.” He lifted extensions of his roots into a spiky barricade, one of his gate-keeping defenses.
“Perhaps I can help,” she maintained, hands on her hips.
“It looks to be a horrible disease—elevated fever, chills, vomiting blood. Some are dying. Please stay here, Adalyra.”
“I’m not like any from Dragonspeir. I won’t get it.” Lyra hoped what she said was true but couldn’t turn her back on thousands who were ill.
“Well…you most certainly are unique.” He folded his leaves and tipped his trunk forward to look at her directly. “The Alliance relies on your special scribal abilities to battle the Dark Realm. Losing you to illness would risk too much. Be wise and stay back.” He smoothed down his bark and held out a twigged hand to her.
She stepped beyond his touch. “The entire Alliance is my family, and I need to help them.”
The gnarled tree let out a sigh and lowered his roots. “Very well. You have your own mind, and it is one of a leader. That is your inheritance from the four female Scribes in your family. But, I expect you to use every caution available. Sire Drake is in the Meadow. Stay with him.”
“I promise.” Lyra hurried toward the crossroads, which connected dozens of trails. There she selected the short path leading to the Meadow.
Pluch trees lined the trail. Their weeping branches, active with new sap, swept after Lyra in attempt to caress her golden hair, now grown almost to her waist. Flower buds on the bell flowers peaked out. The air held gentle notes of fragrant jasmine from the vine’s first purple flowers. She took a deep breath as she sped down the familiar walk. She had missed Dragonspeir.
Along the way, Lyra thought about her action, entering the land without permission. Although she recently passed sorcery training for all crafts except powerthrowing, Lyra only elevated her immortal status. In Dragonspeir, they used the term afflationhaving received divine impartment of knowledge and strength to endure more physical hardship than a non-magical. Until gaining enough afflation to become fully immortal, she needed to be invited by the Imperial Dragon to be his guest in Dragonspeir.
As a new Alliance sorceress, the Imperial Dragon decided when he needed her. Lyra clearly broke his established protocol. But she often bent Alliance customs to suit her needs while working for the greater good. So far, she had only raised eyebrows, and no one troubled her. She hoped this time would be the same, but entering a plague-ridden land against orders was a bit different than wearing jeans or hugging dragons.

An Interview with Author Marsha A. Moore

Thanks so much for asking to interview me today, Kasonndra!
You're very welcome Marsha...:D Let's get started!

What inspired you to write your first book?

It’s basically a fantasy lover’s dream, being able to step into a favorite book as a character. I know my initial inspiration came after watching the recent Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland movie. From that, I wanted to work with parallel worlds and have a heroine who must save the fantasy world from danger.
I envisioned a series with the magical complexities of the Harry Potter world, but for grown-ups, with characters who faced more complicated life issues. I had strong opinions about choosing my heroine’s age. I wanted her to have experienced enough hard times to be able to truly appreciate true love, honor, courage, fairness, all that is good. In this way, she can truly commit to whatever obstacles lie in the path to happiness. She knows herself and is determined. As the series progresses, I admire her strength.

Do you have a specific writing style?

My process begins with a setting I find interesting, somewhere I’d like to spend some time. In writing fantasy, world-building is everything. Then, I create the main characters, appearance and personality. From there, how they will become involved goes hand-in-hand with developing the plot. I do outline a lot, since there are many interwoven subplots in this series. This Enchanted Bookstore Legends series is epic in scope, and details would get lost if I didn’t plan. Outside of the key features on the outline, I do allow the in-between progress in each chapter to flow freely, which I enjoy a lot. Some of the most imaginative bits arise that way.

I write epic fantasy with romantic elements and will likely do more in that subgenre.  I enjoy reading magical realism, mythpunk, and mythic fiction—all subgenres that sit on the border between fantasy and literary fiction. I expect my writing will shift in that direction over time.

I like the complexity of fantasy, the feeling of being transported into another world. However, most fantasy books are written for young adults. In my reading, I longed to find more fantasies written for adults. The element of romance I include is far less about adding sex than about adding deeper connections between the hero and heroine, allowing them to be more three-dimensional and work with more complex issues.

How did you come up with the title?

I usually have to force myself to create titles. Most of the time, titles don’t happen easily for me. I usually brainstorm several and then go back to the list later to narrow it down. I formed all of the titles for these Enchanted Bookstore Legends at the same time. The first is Seeking a Scribe, book two is Heritage Avenged, and the new release is Lost Volumes. I’m currently writing Staurolite, and the fifth/final book is entitled Quintessence.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I loved Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. The symbolism is amazing; the more you read, the more layers you find. Inspired by that, I like to hide things in my stories.

From the present, picking one book is too hard. The Harry Potter series is one of my all-time favorites. Again, the layering of hidden plots, which spin to completion later in the series, really captures my imagination. The last few books that really pulled me in were Natasha Mostert’s Season of the Witch and Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus. In both of those, magic caused mental effects for both the giver and receiver. I enjoy the complexity of that theme and employ it myself in a very different way. My heroine, Lyra, must learn to mentally control her vast inherited powers as the new Scribe. That is something she struggles to master through the series.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I’d love to work with Natasha Mostert. The complex design of her work melds seamlessly into an effortless flow.  I’m sure I could learn much from her. Also, I’d really enjoy learning about character development with Sarah Addison Allen. I love her magical realism novels.

What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen, a magical realism novel. She’s one of my favorite authors.  I love how her characters spring off the page, and the magical elements seem so natural.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I enjoy the poetic style of my dear friend, Charlene Wilson, in her Wizards of Shilo Manor books. She and I began writing our first novels for publication together. I loved her style then and still do.

What are your current projects?

I’m writing the fourth book in the Enchanted Bookstore Legends. There will be five total. I still enjoying working with these characters, letting them grow and develop. I’ll miss them when the series ends, but I do have a new series planned that I’m looking forward to. It will be more magical realism than high fantasy.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I didn’t struggle with the first two books of these Enchanted Bookstore Legends, but had a difficult time finding what internal conflict my heroine needed to deal with in the third book, Lost Volumes. I actually had to live it, pass through a difficult experience in my own life with the recent passing of my mother, in order to see what the character needed to do. That was a real moment of discovery for me, since I’d been too close to the forest to see the trees, so-to-speak.

Who designed the covers?

I designed the three covers of my Enchanted Bookstore Legends. They each began as original watercolor sketches that I finished with digital painting on photoshop. It’s been a fun part of the publishing process, and I’m not limited by stock images. I prefer an illustrated artwork for fantasy genres covers.

About the Author:

Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Her creativity also spills into watercolor painting and drawing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transforming into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Crazy about cycling, she usually passes the 1,000 mile mark yearly. She is learning kayaking and already addicted. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and that spiritual quest helps her explore the mystical side of fantasy. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at new stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!

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